Kathmandu: Nepal across the country is observing the 2564th Buddha Jayanti or the birth anniversary of Siddhartha Gautam, the apostle of world peace today (Thursday) amidst various programs.
The day falls on Baishakh Shukla Purnima as per the lunar calendar, which is a full moon day and also known as Buddha Purnima.
On this day the Buddhist devotees visit Buddhist monasteries and shrines to worship Lord Buddha, who preached peace to the world torn by conflicts and violence.
Lord Buddha or Gautam Buddha (known as Siddhartha Gautam during his childhood days) was born in Nepal at Lumbini the sacred pilgrimage site for all Buddhists today.
Prime Minister’s message to the country men on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has appealed to all to light lamps today evening on the occasion of the 2564th Buddha Jayanti.
The prime minister has urged all Nepalis to take part in the illumination at 7:00 pm this evening, said the PM’s press advisor Surya Thapa.
The prime minister’s request to light lamps is also in respect of the doctors, medical personnel, security personnel and volunteers in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, wishing for the speedy recovery of those infected and for the eternal peace of those who lost their lives to the virus across the globe.
Path shown by Buddha is worth emulation by all: Vice President
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has said the path of righteousness shown by the pioneer of truth, non-violence and good conduct, Gautam Buddha, is always worthy of emulation and internalisation by us all.
The Vice President stated this in a message of best wishes he gave on the occasion of the 2564th Buddha Jayanti (birth anniversary of the Buddha) today.
He said the significance and relevance of the Buddha’s teachings of peace, compassion and non-violence has increased even more so in the present context of the world when people across the globe are seeking material and spiritual happiness.
Stating it has become necessary for the entire human race to be united and have patience in the fight against the coronavirus and to get victory over it, he reminded that the precepts of the Gautam Buddha have become more relevant in the present difficult situation of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
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